Fancy a vacation that is not main-stream and wish to travel alone or part of a small group? Then take a look at what Artisans of Leisure has to offer. Artisans of Leisure is a “boutique tour operator” who specialize in luxury and private tours to exotic international destinations. They are expert in designing specialty trips for those travelers that have high and demanding standards.
Artisans of Leisure was founded in 2003 by Ashley Isaacs Ganz, a Philadelphian who had roamed the globe for more than a decade. During her travels she gained an eclectic and colorful travel resume that includes elephant trekking in the Golden Triangle, studying aboriginal art at the University of Sydney, working for two years at the Japanese Ministry of Education’s JET program, hiking Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain, becoming skilled at the nuances of Thai cuisine whilst living in Bangkok, and hunting down Berber rugs in Morocco.
Ganz worked on her thesis on the sociological study of luxury travel at the London School of Economics and it was during this time that she became bound and determined to found a travel company that would significantly redefine and enhance the future of luxury travel. The result was Artisans of Leisure.
Artisans of Leisure certainly echo Ganz’s own personality and outlook offering travel to off the map and out of the guidebook places to visit. These include visiting places such as colorful village markets, renowned craftsmen, little known museums and talking with experts about local traditions. Artisans of Leisure offer the sophisticated traveler luxurious, private international tours that focus on authentic cultural experiences.
This unique tour company’s specialty lies practically exclusively on custom designed travel which relies heavily on highly trained and motivated foreign staff to meet the needs and the desires of the most fastidious client.
Some of Artisans of Leisure most popular destinations are Thailand, Cambodia, Dubai, Spain, Morocco, Bhutan, China, Peru, Australia, Russia and Argentina.
Here is an example of what Artisans of Leisure offer
The Family Tour of Southeast Asia
This is a 14 day tour for small groups or families that starts in Saigon, moves north to Hanoi and then winds through Cambodia and Thailand before finishing in Bangkok.
Accommodation is in high end hotels that include the Park Hyatt in Saigon, the Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi, the Raffles Grand Hotel D’Angkor in Siem Reap, the Four Seasons resort in Chiang Mai and the majestic mandarin Oriental in Bangkok.
The tour costs $10,630 pp dbl and each traveler will leave this tour with an in-depth wealth of information on each destination.